India Arie is an American singersongwriter, actress, musician, and record producer. She has sold over 3.3 million records in the US andmillion worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards from hernominations, including Best RampB Album.

She was born in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Joyce and Ralph Simpson. Her musical skills were encouraged by both parents in her younger years. Her mother is a former singer and is now her stylist. Her father is a former NBA basketball player. She has an older brother named JOn. According to a DNA analysis, she descends from the Mende people of Sierra Leone, the Kru people of Liberia and the Fula people of GuineaBissau.

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